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Harder border controls from Friday

16.02.2021 - 12:01
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Iceland’s health minister, Svandís Svavarsdóttir, presented draft new border controls to cabinet this morning and has now confirmed the stricter rules will come into effect on Friday. The biggest change is that passengers will need a negative COVID-19 test before travelling to Iceland.

The current system of two tests upon entering the country, with five days’ quarantine in between will remain in place unchanged. Passengers will also now need to provide a negative test result taken no more than 72 hours before entering Iceland. 

Svandís told RÚV this morning that quarantine rules are also getting stricter: “If a traveller cannot provide a quarantine address, or there is any doubt around it, then it will be possible to use that power [to make somebody quarantine at an official Red Cross quarantine centre].” 

It will also be possible to force anyone diagnosed with one of the three new, more contagious, coronavirus strains to stay at the quarantine centre.  

Practical changes to procedures will also mean people in quarantine are better-monitored, and more effort will be made to minimise the number of people being picked up from the airport in private cars. 

Svandís says the goal of the new measures is to make sure restrictions within Iceland can be further lifted. The domestic infection rate is extremely low and the nation should be allowed to benefit: “We have to let society enjoy it when things are going well,” Svandís said. 

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